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Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective (CPPAC) is a non-profit organization serving greater St. Johns and surrounding north Portland communities. CPPAC offers music, theatre arts, and dance classes, ensembles, and workshops that convey principles of self-determination.
CPPAC operates on the belief that self-determination, a sense of freedom and motivation to do what is interesting, personally important, and vitalizing, is instrumental to the creative process and a key component to achieving one’s goals.
Through passion, practice, and the art of performance, life-long learners at every stage can enjoy the benefits of the arts through our programming at CPPAC. From our Early Stages Music & Movement classes to our Adult Improv classes, we strive to offer engaging classes for everyone with ample opportunities to showcase skills and growth through community performances. Great emphasis is placed on performance, as performing is a powerful learning tool and an effective means towards a healthier spiritual, academic, and social life. It requires effective communication, collaboration, and respect of the process of creating something together.
CPPAC believes that empowering the individual leads to active and engaged participants in the group process. As the demands of work and family require that we function in the context of a group, our classes and workshops teach specific skills necessary for future success. Again, performance is our avenue to teach these invaluable life skills.
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Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective is currently looking for teachers in Strings and Marimba to join our educational team. Please click the buttons below to learn more about these teaching opportunities.
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Our Staff and Instructors
Cristina Marino is the Executive Director of Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective and a co-founder of the organization. She was born and raised in Oregon and began playing the violin and performing in musicals at age 10.
During high school Cristina began formal voice lessons and played violin in various chamber orchestras including the Corvallis Youth Symphony. She continued to develop her performance skills through musical theater and voice competitions. Cristina continued her music study at Lewis & Clark College, performing with the Lewis & Clark College Orchestra and in multiple opera and musical theater productions.
At 24 years old, she worked her way through Portland State University for her Bachelors of Music. She received a scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she completed a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. Since returning to Portland, she performs in and around the Northwest.
Her performances have included roles in operas, musicals, plays, and a short film. She keeps herself active with ongoing solo and collaborative recitals and is passionate about contemporary and early music. Locally, she has performed with Clackamas Repertory Theater, Mocks Crest Productions, and Opera Theater Oregon. Cristina is currently a chorus member with Portland Opera.
Cristina can’t help but spread the love of music to her students and has often been told that her enthusiasm is infectious. She is proud to participate in the ongoing goals of a sustainable and economically viable St. Johns community for all.
Audrey Voon is the former Artistic Director and is a Co-Founder of Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective. She is passionate about her work in her community, particularly that connecting generations through music and theatre arts.
Audrey began teaching individual music lessons and group classes in 2009 during her year of service with AmeriCorps at Ethos Music Center. In 2011, she began her longstanding teaching position at Cathedral Park Music, beginning with their summer musical theatre workshops, then teaching individual lessons in 2015. After the summer of 2015 the musical theatre workshops were carried over to Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective (CPPAC). Audrey is the founding director of the St. Johns Women’s Choir at CPPAC and proud founder of the CPPAC Intergenerational Program. After a somewhat nomadic childhood, Audrey is accustomed to new beginnings and has always found herself drawn to the welcoming winds of change. She now finds deep comfort in the roots she has grown in her community in North Portland, and is pleased to call St. Johns and the Cathedral Park Neighborhood home. Audrey is the owner of Audrey Voon Music, where she teaches individual lessons in voice and piano for children and adults at her home studio in the Cathedral Park Neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.
An active performing artist, Audrey enjoys variety in her performance projects, from opera and musical theatre to a 9-piece rock band with horns. Audrey is especially fond of singing and playing keyboard with her good friends and fellow musicians at venues in and around the Portland, Oregon area. Recent performance projects include Hey, Handsome., a soulful Jazz/R&B trio, and Dapper Badger, a 9-piece rock band with full horn section. She also enjoys being part of the musical theatre scene in Portland, which offers an array of audience favorites and original works. Most recently, she was seen onstage at the Portland’5 Brunish Theater for Live On Stage‘s 2nd Annual Mini Musical Festival, part of the 2018 Fertile Ground Festival. Favorite roles from years prior include Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2016), Mary Kelly in Ripper: A New Musical (2011), and Tuptim in The King and I (2010) at Broadway Rose Theatre Company.
Audrey holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Music Education (2013) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music: Vocal Performance Emphasis, French Studies minor (2009), from University of Portland. Audrey expresses deep gratitude for all the teachers who helped shape her into the performing artist, community leader, and teaching artist she has and continues to become. Most notably, Judith Montgomery and the late Dr. Roger Doyle of her alma mater.
Wesley Price is a composer, arranger, performer, teacher and lover of music. He grew up in Olympia, WA, where he studied piano, guitar and voice for over a decade and began his career in music instruction. He moved to Walla Walla, WA in order to pursue a B.A. degree in Music Theory and Composition, which he completed in 2009. Wesley’s desire to continue learning about music brought him to Eugene, OR soon after, where he studied composition at the University of Oregon. He completed his M.Mus. degree in Composition in 2013.
Now comfortably settled in Portland, Wesley is thrilled to be teaching guitar & ukulele with Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective. He also teaches glee club and ukulele classes at local elementary and middle schools in the Portland Public School District, in addition to private lessons in guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin and composition/songwriting. He prides himself on working with students of every age and experience level, from Pre-K children experiencing music for the first time to college music students honing their craft to retirees resurrecting long-dormant skills.
Although music instruction has become his primary focus, Wesley is still an active composer. His work has been featured on the national radio program Performance Today and has been performed by ensembles like the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Sospiro, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Convergence and Grammy Award-winning soprano Estelí Gomez.
In his spare time, Wesley enjoys board games, flag football, rock climbing and cooking.
Born in Southern California, Samantha grew up singing and dancing to music that spanned many genres, from Metalica to Shania Twain and The Beatles. She began playing clarinet at the age of 8 and experimented with various other instruments including bass clarinet, saxophone, and trombone for a few years after that. It wasn’t really till high school that she decided to focus more on her voice. She was accepted into State Honor Choir and double lettered in Varsity Choir.
It was in high school that Samantha started to teach herself the guitar and ukulele. She then started to write songs and has since recorded some original tracks.
Samantha went to Oklahoma Wesleyan University where she studied music education. While in college, she started a contemporary a cappella group with some classmates. This group performed on campus, around town, and went on to perform at an a cappella competition in texas.
After graduating, Samantha moved to oregon with her husband and started working at a private school teaching pre-k through 8th grade music while also teaching private music lessons in St. Johns. As of February 2017, Samantha and her husband welcomed their first born daughter into the world. Since then, Samantha began looking for opportunities to work close to home and become a more active member of the community. Samantha loves children, play, and music and believes music is a healing gift to be shared with everyone. She believes everyone can find peace and joy in music and has a strong desire to serve her community.
After spending the majority of his life eagerly consuming film and comedy from the sidelines, Tony finally took the plunge and began taking improv classes in 2015, two months after moving to Portland. It has not only resulted in a sharpening of his acting and comedic skills, but has also introduced him to an amazing community of like-minded people who are all striving to support and create together.
Tony has found that the rules of comedic improvisation could just as easily be life rules; being a good listener, having empathy, being true to yourself, and knowing that you’re only as good as those around you. These are the values that Tony tries to live by, and reinforce in his acting classes. He relishes the opportunity to work with kids. Their endless imaginations, enthusiasm and love of all things silly make them ideal candidates for learning acting and improv.
Outside of class, Tony performs Thursdays at The Ape Theater with the house team Snakemelter. He also regularly performs at Kickstand Comedy and Brody Theater. In addition to his expertise in improv, Tony is also an accomplished graphic designer. His work can be found at: tony-cohen.squarespace.com
Johnny Keener is a singer/songwriter and producer with decades of experience. He has written hundreds (thousands?) of songs and released critically-acclaimed albums both as a solo artist, and with the groups Yoyodyne, Johnny & the Bells, and Johnny & Jason. He has performed hundreds of shows in the Pacific Northwest over the past twenty years. He has worked in the studio with such notable acts as Maurice & the Stiff Sisters, Future Historians, and the Bevelers. He currently performs both solo and as a duo with Oregon Music Hall of Famers such as Courtney Von Drehle and Paul Brainard. His music can be heard on Spotify, iTunes, or wherever you stream your music, as well as at johnnykeener.bandcamp.com.
Lisa Peterson has been a Board Certified Music Therapist since 1992. She received her degree from SUNY New Paltz in New York. Over a span of 20 years, she worked as a music therapist in a variety of settings with older adults, adults with dementia, adults and children with developmental disabilities and adults with psychiatric disorders. In addition to her work and training as a music therapist, she is a Registered Music Together Teacher and Licensed Center Director. Lisa also performed professionally as an accordionist, flutist and backup vocalist with the internationally touring world music ensemble The Just Desserts from 2006-2011. Synthesizing all that she has learned from these trainings and experiences, Lisa now practices under Come On, Let’s Sing and Music Bridge in Forest Grove, OR. Lisa is passionate about bringing people together to experience the joy of music, meet their personal goals through the use of music, discover their musical selves, and to have fun together in community with music! The mission of Come On, Let’s Sing and Music Bridge is to help participants connect to health and community, through the act of making music together.
Board of Directors
Cristina Marino, President
Joseph Cirillo, Interim Co-Secretary, Treasurer
Tiso Panapa, Interim Co-Secretary
Debra Samuel, Director
Keola Morley, Director
Sylvia Allen, Director
Articles of Incorporation
Article 1. Name of Corporation.
The name of the corporation shall be Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective.
Article 2. Registered Agent.
The registered agent of the corporation shall be Cristina Marino.
Article 3. Address of Registered Agent.
10004 North Syracuse Street, Portland, OR 97203
Article 4. Address for Mailing Notices.
10004 North Syracuse Street, Portland, OR 97203
Article 5. Additional Provisions.
- Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to such organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal code.
- No part of the net earnings of Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective shall inure to the benefit of, or be, distributable to its members, directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes of this corporation.
- No substantial part of the activities of Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing, or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
- The personal liability of each member of the Board of Directors, each uncompensated officer of the corporation, for monetary or other damages, for conduct as a director or officer shall be eliminated to the fullest extent permitted by current or future law.
- An Executive Committee shall be formed with a majority vote of the current Board of Directors and be granted the authorization to veto Board actions, make ongoing decisions between Board meetings, and have the authority to make financial and budgetary decisions by a majority vote of Executive Committee members.
Article 6. Type of Corporation.
Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective shall be a Public Benefit Corporation.
Article 7. Will the Corporation Have Members?
Article 8. Distribution of Assets on Dissolution.
Upon dissolution of the corporation, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the court of appropriate jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as that court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
Article 9. Incorporators.
The incorporators of the corporation are as follow:
Cristina Marino, 10004 North Syracuse Street, Portland OR 97203
Joseph Cirillo, 10004 North Syracuse Street, Portland OR 97203
Audrey Voon, 9943 North Edison Street, Portland OR 97203
Article 10. Execution.
Print Name: _______________________________________
Print Name: _______________________________________
Print Name: _______________________________________
Article 11. Contact Name.
CATHEDRAL PARK PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTIVE
ARTICLE I Purposes of the Corporation
Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective shall be organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, religious, and educational purposes. Subject to the limitations stated in the Articles of Incorporation, the purposes of this corporation shall be to engage in any lawful activities, none of which are for profit, for which corporations may be organized under Chapter 65 of the Oregon Revised Statutes (or its corresponding future provisions).
Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective’s primary purpose shall be to offer high quality music, ensemble, and theatre arts programs that promote self-determination in youth and adults.
ARTICLE II Membership
This corporation shall have no members.
ARTICLE III Board of Directors
Section 1. Duties.
The affairs of the corporation shall be managed by the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Number and Qualifications.
The number of Directors may vary between a minimum of three and a maximum of nine.
Section 3. Term and Election.
The term of office for Directors shall be three years. A Director may be reelected without limitation on the number of terms she or he may serve. The board shall elect its own members, except that a Director shall not vote on that member’s own position.
Section 4. Removal.
Any Director may be removed, with or without cause, by a majority vote of the Directors then in office.
Section 5. Vacancies.
Vacancies on the Board of Directors and newly created Board positions shall be filled by a majority vote of the Directors then on the Board of Directors.
Section 6. Quorum and Action.
A quorum at a board meeting shall be a majority of the number of Directors prescribed by the Board, or if no number is prescribed, a majority of the number in office immediately before the meeting begins. If a quorum is present, action is taken by a majority vote of the directors present, except as otherwise provided by these Bylaws. Where the law requires a majority vote of the directors in office to establish committees to exercise Board functions, to amend the Articles of Incorporation, to sell the assets not in the regular course of business, to merge, or to dissolve, or for other matters, such action is taken by that majority as required by law.
Section 8. Regular Meetings.
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at the time and place to be determined by the Board of Directors. No other notice of the date, time, place, or purpose of these meetings is required.
Section 8. Special Meetings.
Special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at the time and place to be determined by the Board of Directors. Notice of such meetings, describing the date, time, place, and purpose of the meeting, shall be delivered to each Director personally or by telephone or by mail or by email not less than two days prior to the special meeting.
Section 9. Alternative Meeting Venue.
Any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors may be conducted through use of any means of communication by which all Directors participating may simultaneously hear each other during the meeting.
Section 10. No Salary.
Directors shall not receive salaries for their Board services but may be reimbursed for expenses related to Board service.
Section 11. Action by Consent.
Any action required or permitted by law to be taken at a meeting of the board may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action to be taken or so taken, shall be signed by all the Directors.
ARTICLE IV Committees
Section 1. Executive Committee.
The Board of Directors may elect an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have the authority to make on-going decisions between Board meetings and shall have the authority to make financial and budgetary decisions.
Section 2. Other Committees.
The Board of Directors may establish such other committees as it deems necessary and desirable. Such committees may exercise the authority of the Board of Directors or may be advisory committees.
Section 3. Composition of Committees Exercising Board Authority.
Any committee that exercises any authority of the Board of Directors shall be composed of two or more Directors, elected by the Board of Directors by a majority vote of the Directors prescribed by the Board, or if no number is prescribed, of all the Directors in office at that time.
Section 4. Quorum and Action.
A quorum at a Committee meeting exercising Board authority shall be a majority of all Committee members in office immediately before the meeting begins. If a quorum is present, action is taken by a majority vote of Directors present.
Section 5. Limitations on the Powers of Committees.
No committee may authorize payment of a dividend or any part of the income or profit of the corporation to its directors or officers; may approve dissolution, merger, or the sale, pledge, or transfer of all or substantially all of the corporation’s assets; may elect, appoint, or remove directors or fill vacancies on the Board or on any of its committees; nor may adopt, amend, or repeal the Articles, Bylaws, or any resolution by the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE V Officers
Section 1. Titles and Qualifications.
The officers of this corporation shall be the President and Secretary. All officers of this corporation must be members of the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Election.
The Board of Directors shall elect the officers to serve one year terms. An officer may be reelected without limitation on the number of terms the officer may serve. Only members of the Board of Directors can be officers of this corporation.
Section 3. Vacancy.
A vacancy in any office shall be filled not later than the second regular meeting of the Board of Directors following the vacancy.
Section 4. Other Officers.
The Board of Directors may elect or appoint other officers, agents and employees as it shall deem necessary and desirable. They shall hold their offices for such terms and have such authority and perform such duties as shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
Section 5. President.
The President shall be the chief officer of the corporation and shall act as the Chair of the Board.
The President shall have the overall responsibility for all corporate funds. The President shall perform, or cause to be performed, the following duties: (a) deposit of all monies and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the corporation in such depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors; (b) disbursement of all funds when proper to do so.
The President shall have any other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.
Section 6. Secretary.
The Secretary shall have overall responsibility for all recordkeeping. The Secretary shall perform, or cause to be performed, the following duties: (a) official recording of minutes of all proceedings of the Board of Directors meetings and actions; (b) provision for notice of all meetings of the Board of Directors; (c) authentication of the records of the corporation; and (d) any other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.
In addition, the Secretary shall perform, or cause to be performed, the following duties: (a) keeping full and accurate accounts of all financial records of the corporation; (b) making financial reports as to the financial condition of the corporation to the Board of Directors; and (c) any other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VI Corporate Indemnity
This corporation will indemnify to the fullest extent not prohibited by law any person who is made or threatened to be made a party to an action, suit, or other proceeding, by reason of the fact that the person is or was a director or officer of the corporation or a fiduciary within the meaning of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (or its corresponding future provisions) with respect to any employee benefit plan of the corporation. No amendment to this Article that limits the corporation’s obligation to indemnify any person shall have any effect on such obligation for any act or omission that occurs prior to the later of the effective date of the amendment or the date notice of the amendment is given to the person. The corporation shall interpret this indemnification provision to extend to all persons covered by its provisions the most liberal possible indemnification-substantively, procedurally, and otherwise.
ARTICLE VII Amendment to Bylaws
These Bylaws may be amended or repealed, and new Bylaws adopted, by the Board of Directors by a majority vote of Directors present, if a quorum is present. Prior to the adoption of the amendment, each Director shall be given at least two days notice of the date, time, and place of meeting at which the proposed amendment is to be considered, and the notice shall state that one of the purposes of the meeting is to consider a proposed amendment to the Bylaws and shall contain a copy of the proposed amendment.
DATE ADOPTED: ____09/03/15____
I certify that these bylaws are a true copy of the bylaws of this corporation.
SIGNATURE BY CORPORATE OFFICER:
__________________________________ DATE: _________________
GENERAL OVERVIEW OF BOARD SERVICE
What is the purpose of the Board of Directors?
Represent the CPPAC in support of its mission, vision, and goals. The Board works on behalf of the Executive and Artistic Directors, student body, and volunteers of the organization through efficient and ethical governance.
How many Directors are there?
Currently, the CPPAC Board of Directors is comprised of 5 individuals (President/Interim Treasurer, Secretary, and 2 members-at-large). The number of Directors can change, but will not be less than 3 individuals.
What is the commitment for Directors?
This is a working Board of Directors. Directors are expected to attend a monthly Board Meeting and contribute their field of expertise (i.e. grants, budgeting, music/performance, instruction, etc.). Directors might also be called to attend emergency or impromptu meetings. In addition, Directors are asked to volunteer at annual fundraisers, student recitals, and other community events. Term for Board members is 3 years.
When are the Board meetings?
Weekend mornings September-December and January-June; generally 1st Saturday of each month at 9:00 am. Day/time/location will be confirmed preceding each board meeting.
What are the Benefits?
This is an unpaid Board of Directors. The benefits include community participation, networking, volunteering, and making a difference in the community in which you live. Directors help all members of the community access the performing arts regardless of income.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsibilities and Qualifications:
1) Minimum Requirements:
- Attend and participate in minimum 8 out of 10 monthly Board Meetings;
- Attend and participate in planning for annual fundraiser;
- Participate in ad hoc Board committees;
- Attend and participate in the volunteer appreciation night;
- Participate/staff tabling events (at least 1 per year)
2) Attendance and Schedule:
- Arrive on time to scheduled meetings;
- Be reasonably accessible to Executive & Artistic Directors and other Board members
3) Required Qualifications:
- Excellent Communication Skills;
- Ability to attend monthly meetings (1st Saturday of each month);
- Willingness and ability to be flexible
4) Desired Qualifications:
- Understanding of program/project budgeting
- Experience in grant-writing/fundraising
- Experience in nonprofit and/or arts organizations
- Experience working in educational setting
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AS A NOMINEE
The Board of Directors’ Elections Committee will:
Review resume and cover letter;
Facilitate an orientation process
Important Dates to remember:
see organizational calendar
SHOULD YOU BE ELECTED
Expect to receive email with information about accepting nomination and next Board meeting. Nominees participate in an orientation at their first Board meeting.
A Director’s term could terminate before it expires if:
- Director resigns;
- Director is absent for 3 consecutive board meetings (unless excused);
- Director is recalled
A Director shall not have any conflicts of interest with the organization as defined by CPPAC’s bylaws.
A Director maintains any legal liability in their actions. They can’t be negligent of their responsibility to Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective.